Memphis Readies for C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
HOUSTON, Texas-University of Memphis track and field squads will travel to Rice University for the 2013 Conference USA Outdoor Championships set for May 9-12. The trip to the Lone Star State marks the final time the Tigers will compete at the C-USA outdoor season finale.
"We've just got to step up on that track and do what we can do," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "As long as we perform to the best of our abilities, we're going to be extremely competitive. My first outdoor championship as a head coach was a Rice and my last outdoor championship will be at Rice. It's a fitting way to close things out. Our men won it that first year, so hopefully we can reproduce that feat again."
While the Tigers are fighting for championships, the meet will also serve as a final opportunity for athletes to secure spots in the NCAA East Preliminary set for May 23-25. Currently a combined 17 athletes (men and women) sit in qualifying position on the tffrs.org NCAA East Preliminary qualifying list.
"We are certainly going to have a presence at the NCAA East," Robinson said. "There's still another week of qualifying and someone could get bumped out, but the way I look at it gives us an opportunity to bump a few others out and put ourselves in better positions. "
Competition at the C-USA Outdoor Championships begins Thursday with the start of the decathlon and heptathlon at 4 p.m. (CT). Results from all four days of competition will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.
Tigers in the USTFCCCA South Region Rankings 5/7/13
Four men and seven women make an appearance in the South Region Event Index top-eight. For the men, Brandon Williams ranks sixth in the 400m hurdles. Georgio Lynwood is tied for fifth in the high jump at 2.15m (7'0.5").
Kyle Bynum ranks eighth in the javelin with a mark of 64.17m (210'6"). In multi-event competition, Hanssler ranks third in the decathlon with his program-record 7,365 points.
On the women's side, Kala Funderburk ranks second in the 400m with her program-record time of 52.92. Maya Williamson holds down the No. 6 spot in the 400m hurdles with her program-record 58.45. In the 4 x 400m relay, Funderburk, Williamson, Monica Mason and Keyona Neal rank third with their program-best of 3:35.54.
In field events, Clara Amat Fernandez ranks No. 6 in the pole vault with school-record of 3.95m (12'11.5"), while fellow vaulter Sabrina Hochreuther is tied for seventh at 3.90m (12'9.5"). Vivian Brandhoff checks in at the No. 8 spot in the shot put with her personal-best of 14.89m (48'10.25").
Looking Ahead to the NCAA East
Memphis Men in the NCAA East Top-48
Memphis Women in the NCAA East Top-48
Last Time Out
Clara Amat Fernandez took second and set a new program-record in the women's pole vault clearing 3.95m (12'11.50"). Amat Fernandez broke Sabrina Hochreuther's record of 3.90m (12'9.5") set earlier this season at the Auburn Tiger Classic. Hochreuther and Carolina Carmichael tied for fourth as they both cleared 3.50m (11'5.75").
In the 800m, Austin Carter took first for the men in a time of 1:54.22 with Godfrey Fayne taking second at 1:55.19 and Keanan Joyner placing sixth at 1:59.10. For the women, Monica Mason took second in a time of 2:17.71.
In the women's high jump, Kirsten Berding and Laura Toldy tied for first at a height of 1.68m (5'6"). Quaniqua Jones took fifth at 1.47m (4'9.75"). In the triple jump, Manuel Ziegler took first for the men at 15.23m (49'11.75") with Jaleen White taking third at 14.21m (46'7.5"). Wright took third for the women leaping 11.35m (37'3").
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